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How to make more of movies and music

These days our PCs and portable devices burst with multimedia files, but our movies and music are not always as flexible and available as we'd like. PC Advisor shows you how play iTunes tracks on any device, and rip DVD movies to a media player.

How to rip DVD movies to a media player

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Time: 1 hr

DVDs are too big to fit on to your portable media player, but that doesn't mean you should pay again to watch a movie on it.

A multitude of tools can strip out the DRM copy protection that is built into the discs, while other utilities will let you compress movies for portable use.

You can find free tools such as DVD Decryptor to rip the DVD, but most have been abandoned for years and might not work on recently released movies. If those don't work, you can use the $49 AnyDVD.

After installing the software, insert a DVD and right-click the logo in your system tray. ‘Choose Rip Video DVD to Harddisk' and give the program about half an hour, depending on your PC's power, to process the media.

The video can then be processed by any program that reads the .vob and .ifo files used on DVDs. Again, you can find free tools to do this, such as Videora iPod Converter, and these applications tend to work better than the free utilities for stripping out DRM.

For its simplicity, however, you might want to use the £29 Roxio Crunch.

Open the software and choose File, Add Movie. Select the various files you've transferred and click ok. Choose a compression level from the Format
drop-down menu, click Save As and begin the processing. When it's complete, simply transfer the movie to your media player.

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